How to Get into Tibet?

For most people from all over the world, Tibet is a place full of mysteries and curiosities. Travel to Tibet may be a whole life dream! But before you make any decisions we would like you to know something related to the ways of getting into Tibet. (moreā€¦)

There are at least three ways to get into Tibet:

By Train   By Plane

The journey all the way from Beijing takes just under 48 hours, costing 389 yuan in the cheapest hard seat class and 1262 yuan for a soft sleeper. Direct trains to Lhasa originate in Beijing, Xining, Lanzhou, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Chengdu.

 

Flying to Lhasa always necessitates a stopover in either China or Nepal, there are no direct international flights into Tibet. Air China, Virgin and BA operate flights from London Heathrow to Lhasa via Beijing and there are 4 flights per week from Kathmandu in Nepal to Lhasa, again with Air China.

     
By Overland    

There are four highways into Tibet, roughly corresponding to the cardinal directions.

 

 

 


Tibet Travel Documents

For most people from all over the world, Tibet is a place full of mysteries and curiosities. Travel to Tibet may be a whole life dream! But before you make any decisions we would like you to know something related to the ways of getting into Tibet.

All foreign travelers who want to travel to Tibet will require one or more documents. The basic one is the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit, which can be arranged by travel agency or the Chinese embassy in Katmandu (if overseas and arriving via Nepal) on proof of purchasing a package tour (there is no way around this). For land crossings (including the train), you’ll get a physical permit that will be checked; for plane tickets, the permit may just be an annotation on your ticket record.

Some parts of Tibet might require an Alien’s Travel Permit (PSB), which is issued by the Public Security Bureau (PSB) in major Tibetan cities like Lhasa, Xigatse and Ngari. The list of the regions that PSB is required changes constantly, so enquire the local Tibet travel operators before your trip started. Lhasa’s PSB has a poor reputation when you apply for PSB, while Xigatse and Ngari are said to issue permits without any unnecessary difficulties. If your papers are in order, the permit can be issued in several hours for RMB100.

There is another thing you should pay much attention, some remote areas also require a military permit. This permit is only available in Lhasa, where processing takes several days, and is only granted for an appropriate reason.

If you have all the above listed documents ready on hand, the next issue you should consider is by what kind of transportation to get into Tibet. Nowadays, with the rapid economic growth in Tibet and China, travelers have more choices than tourism began in Tibet in the 1980s.

Courtesy notes: Please arrange your Tibet travel documents with your travel agency, at least 4 weeks prior to your departure with full passport details of the pax as below:

FAMILY NAME

 

GIVEN NAME

 

SEX

 

NATIONALITY

 

DATE OF BIRTH

 

PASSPORT NO

 

PASSPORT EXPIRY

 

OCCUPATION

 

Attached with a copy of the passport.

Kindly note that the client’s passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry in Tibet and the passport must be an ordinary one ( NO OFFICIAL AND DIPLOMATIC).

Chinese Visa: Upon receipt of your full passport details, we will process and apply for Tibet permit and Chinese visa. We require the passport of all the clients upon arrival in Kathmandu. Chinese visa obtained in other countries is not valid for entering Tibet via Nepal. Hence one must obtain the Chinese visa locally here in Kathmandu which is issued as GROUP VISA on a sheet of paper. Chinese embassy gives visa only on Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays in Kathmandu. Please note that visa regulation for Tibet are subject to change.

We are unable to process Chinese visa for those travelling with official or diplomatic passport. Hence clients must travel with an ordinary passport.